Supervision is a vital part of the therapy process, as it enables those working with clients to explore and examine their work, and ensure that that they are working to the best of their ability. All counsellors should receive supervision on a regular basis. This is specified on Counsellor training courses, and is present in the BACP ethical framework, where it is stated that:- “There is an obligation to use regular and on-going supervision to enhance the quality of the services provided.” It is also essential for anyone who plans to achieve or maintain BACP accreditation.
I view supervision as a collaborative process, to safeguard the client, as well as to encourage the growth and development of the counsellor. This may include working with students on Degree or Diploma training , facilitating the on-going work post-qualifying, and working with qualified counsellors who wish to achieve BACP Accreditation.
I work from my home in South Cumbria, and I can also offer Supervision to those living further afield using Skype, and telephone sessions. I am able to be flexible and arrange sessions at times to suit including weekends, and evening sessions.
Model and about me.
I trained in supervision in 2007, and work with whatever my supervisees bring to supervision in a free-flowing manner. I have worked as a Supervisor since this date, and have had clients who were on Degree and Diploma courses, as well as working with qualified and experienced counsellors. I have also seen a couple of people through the BACP Accreditation process, and provided help and encouragement to them throughout this. I describe my client work as Person-Centred Integrative as I aim to use all of my skills and training to help my clients achieve their goals. This practice also informs my work as a Supervisor, and I apply skills learnt from study of Hawkins & Shohet – 7 eyed model of supervision, as well as always considering a developmental model, and where my supervisee is. I am also mindful of Page and Woskett’s cyclical model which I use to ensure all relevant areas of the work are considered. I also aim to continuously build on my skills and knowledge using reading and training as CPD. I encourage my supervisees to prepare for their supervision sessions, to ensure they use the time most effectively, and we then work together with the material which is brought. I always acknowledge that the Supervisee knows the client better than I ever can, but using gentle challenge and focussing techniques, I help them to uncover and recognise hidden issues, and difficulties.
I have been Accredited with BACP since 2011, and in 2014, I achieved Senior Accreditation in Individual Supervision.
I work from my home in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, but am also trained and experienced in using technology to conduct both counselling and supervision, and am happy to work using Skype, and/or telephone. (This is only available for supervisees living and working in Great Britain.) Please ask me for more details if this is required. I always encourage potential supervisees to arrange an initial meeting with me, where we can explore together, and ensure that you feel comfortable working with me. I will explain my way of working in more detail, and we can explore what you are seeking from supervision. This first meeting would be FREE OF CHARGE. After this, I charge £40 per hour (£60 for 1 ½ hours). I do offer a couple of concessionary places at £30/hour if you are on low income. Please discuss this with me if you are interested.
For 8 years I have had supervision with Trisha for my Cruse Bereavement and my private work. Trisha gives me a safe place to talk about my client work and just be myself. I feel listened to, empathised with and if my work is challenged I find Trisha non-judgemental but congruent. I have always looked forward to our sessions together and I value Trisha’s support highly.
My experience of supervision with yourself is as follows:-
1. Reliable 2. Supportive 3. Helps to inform my practice 4. Interventions help me to reflect on possible issues out of my awareness 5. Provides a 'secure' relationship, where I can be honest about myself and my work